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Graham Slee Voyager Headphone Amplifier - Graham Slee Voyager Headphone Amplifier

By Jonathan Bray



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Graham Slee Voyager Headphone Amplifier


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But the real stars lie under the hood of the Voyager. Crack open the case and you'll find a wealth of top quality components inside, from premium through-hole Nichicon capacitors, to an Alps volume pot and Jalco input/output jacks. The Analog Devices OpAmp is a pretty decent component too.

That's all good, but where the Voyager truly excels is its sound quality. To be fair that's to be expected at a price of £179, but you'd probably be surprised at exactly how much difference adding such a seemingly simple box of tricks can make.

Sit down for a long journey on a train or aeroplane with the Voyager and all those concerns about practicality and looks will quickly fade away. Somehow it won't seem to matter how may cables or boxes you have to pack when the music is presented as effortlessly as this. It's simply breathtaking how it transforms the sound, adding warmth, sparkle and a sense of three-dimensionality that wouldn't be out of place in a separates system many, many times its value.

I hooked it up to the Treksor Vibez player I reviewed last autumn, connected my Grado SR325i headphones and I was instantly impressed. Stacey Kent's vocals took on such a creamy smooth texture that I thought I was listening to a valve amp. It's a very warm-sounding amp, but this is not the sort of warmth that obscures detail. The piano on Plaintive Rumba, played by the Peter Nordahl Trio, was as clear and sharp as shards of shattered glass - you almost hear fingers on the keys and hammers striking strings - while the rattle of the strings against the fretboard of the double bass was uncannily clear.

Moving on to something a little more modern, the opening to Biffy Clyro's Living Is A Problem... was delivered with the sort of head-pounding thwack that feels as if it would shake your specs off if you were wearing a pair. Take That's more clinical, yet well-engineered pop, on comeback album Beautiful World, took on a texture and atmosphere you just don't hear when you switch back to a plain, unamplified MP3 source.


August 22, 2008, 12:07 am

"Sounds" great, but I think it's priced too high. If it was 䀏, no question about it, I'd jump on it. But at 𧵫 with no discounts available anywhere, I'll pass.

Kevin Jewula

October 5, 2008, 3:22 am

I agree with Shaka's comment, but would prefer if this "Made in Barnsley" unit was not even 䀏, but closer to, say, 㿨. There are lots of similar - and dare I say - smarter-looking alternatives on Ebay and from Xenos(direct)in my desired priceband or even less.


December 13, 2008, 5:24 pm

Please do not slam a product just because of its 'looks'. Despite the looks it offers top-notch music, even comparable to the likes of household portable names like Ray Samuels Audio and Xin. And just FYI, the "cheap looking plastic" is ABS plastic - Graham apparently made the Voyager so that it suits its use : portability.

That you'll drop your portable rig, or slam it against some surface without knowing it. ABS is well known for its ruggedness and durability - and your "smarter-looking alternatives" metal casing may not save your money from going down the drain when you drop your 'alternative amplifier'

IMO you will *never* find an amplifier sounding even 50% of the Voyager's SQ @ 㿨. You can keep dreaming about it.

And I repeat, *never* slam a product based on looks alone. You might just lose out on a lot...

Aidan Wilson

May 20, 2009, 12:58 pm

I´ve just had a bit of a spending spree and bought a 120gb classic ipod a Graham Slee Voyager Headphone Amplifier and a pair of Shure se530 earphones connected with an Audio Elevation i-Lead for Graham Slee Voyager. I live in Spain and am waiting for it all to arrive in the post. Once it´s all here and been listened in i´ll get back to you with my thoughts if it´s money well spent. What i´d like to know is if there is any kind of case available to carry the ipod and GSV together. Or any other advice. This is my first foray into "quality" musical equipment and don´t know if this is a good set up or not for the money.


June 1, 2009, 5:05 pm

Aidan - very interested to hear your feedback on the Graham Slee when you get it. I have a pair of sennheiser hd650 hooked up to my PC and also to my Amp and they are stunning. However, I do want to take them on business to the UK (I also live in Spain) and they don't do anything special without the kind of power a pre amp can chuck at them when hooked up to my ipod. Regarding a case - I hear that an elastic band is best for keeping them together - substance over style I think.

Mark P

February 1, 2010, 2:37 am

You never did get back to us Aidan. Anyhow, I have the exact same set up, which I've had for over a year now. Breathtaking is how I would describe the whole package. Jawdroppingly good. I use Apple lossless as you DO notice the compression with this rig. I use the contour switch for more bassy tracks, like Kanye West's Love Lockdown. Swimming in bass. And Pendulum's Slam is another great track. Dire Straits' Love Over Gold album is utter magic. Switch the light off, light down in bed and prepare to be transported into world of total musical submersion.


July 10, 2010, 4:20 am

I have an 120gb ipod classic in a clear plastic case, attached to the Graham Slee Voyager using velcro coins. I rip CD's onto the ipod through i-tunes into Apple Lossless format. I use a SendStation Pocket Dock to bypass the ipod's EQ and take the signal straight into the Voyager with an Audio Elevation i-Lead. This bundle slides into a large Berghaus E-case which I attach to my belt, making the whole bundle about the size of an '80's Sony Walkman. Headphones are i-Grados. Sound is gobsmackingly good, as Aidan has no doubt discovered by now. Admittedly I'd like the music source bundle to be a little smaller, but the sound quality overrides the slight inconvenience of the belt pouch rig.


May 11, 2012, 2:45 pm

I like the http://www.headphoneedle.commonster headphones.. Don't know its price and type what...

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